What is a catheter lubricant gel and why should I use one?
A catheter lubricant gel can help make catheter insertion as comfortable & free from pain as possible.
Here are some of the main reasons why you should use one:
A lubricant gel will help protect against friction from the catheter against sensitive urethral tissue. This will reduce discomfort when the catheter is inserted.
Certain catheter lubricant gels contain lidocaine; a local anaesthetic. These gels therefore numb the area by stopping nerves sending pain signals to the brain.
Catheter lubricant gels containing lidocaine can therefore offer pain relief to further enhance comfort during catheter insertion.
Protects Against Infection
Some catheter lubricant gels contain chlorhexidine which is an antiseptic and disinfectant. This can help reduce your risk of getting a catheter associated urinary tract infection.
Catheter lubricant gels, with and without active ingredients, are available to order through Nightingale.
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